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The Cottonwood Creek Trail
is a very popular trail and sees usage from hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers on busy weekends. Most of the trail is of moderate grade, and this makes it a great out and back. It is also common to use the Cottonwood Creek Rd and Bald Mountain Rd. to create a loop. There is nice camping at the bottom of the trail and also at the top at Thorn Creek Butte so this is a good place to spend the weekend. There are also hot springs up the road along the Middle Fork of the Boise if you need to heal some aching muscles.
The start of this hike is at the bottom of Cottonwood Creek, but as mentioned above it can be done in many different ways. The lower 7 miles of the trail are of moderate grade and are easily climbed. The last 1.3 miles of this trail are steeper (and a little looser) as the creek dies out and you get close to Thorn Creek Butte.
A couple of old burns have crossed the trail over the years, so be aware there is not a lot of shade on the lower half of the trail. Near the top you'll enter thicker tree cover and the trail gets a lot more shaded.
Note this trail was cut back the first 3 miles by the Forest Service and Idaho Trails Association in the spring of 2019. Fairly large sized loose rock also can cover trail.
Shared By: Chris Wandervans
by Green Queen